Genere: Psychedelic rock, Rock
Musicians: Erik Brann, Lee Dorman, Ron Bushy, Doug Ingle
Producer: Jim Hilton
Engineer: Jim Hilton
Ok, what record collection does not have or has at least not had this iconic LP in it? The biggest problem today is finding copy of this record in very good condition. I’ve seen one maybe two, but it’s pretty much mission impossible. Don’t bother with the CD version, it’s awful.
Everybody knows the story. Iron Butterfly is an American rock band best known for the 1968 hit “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”, providing a dramatic sound that led the way towards the development of hard rock and heavy metal music. Formed in San Diego, California, among band members who used to be “arch enemies”, their heyday was the late 1960s, but the band has been reincarnated with various members with varying levels of success, with no new recordings since 1975. The band’s seminal 1968 album In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is among the world’s 40 best-selling albums, selling more than 30 million copies. Iron Butterfly is also notable for being the first group to receive an RIAA platinum award.
The band has had more members revolving through it than the door at the Waldorf.
One member, Ron Bushy has been the most consistent.
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is the second studio album by the American rock band Iron Butterfly, released in 1968. It is most known for the title track which occupies the whole of Side B.
Side One has 5 songs where you’ll hear the hard sound Iron Butterfly is known for along with some 60’s pop, rock and psychedelic. In the track, “My Mirage” there is an interesting rather complex bass line that stands out to me.
On Side Two we find only one track, the iconic 17 minute long title track, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”. What can be said that has not already been said? Almost everyone knows the story of the song and how it was titled and sung as “In The Garden Of Eden”, but Doug kind of mumbled the words and most folks thought he was singing “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” and so it stuck. The lyrics are heard only at the beginning and the end. What we hear most is the radio version at a shameful 2:53! In my opinion, the radio version does not do justice at all. In fact, it gives no idea about the song. One has to listen to the full version to appreciate it. It’s an instrumental jam session with solos scattered throughout. First the keyboards are featured, then the guitars after which it goes into a drum solo, the keyboards come back followed closely by the rest of the instruments. There is one more break featuring drums and bass to the song’s end. The real feat in all this is keeping the rhythm and time on the drums and bass for 17 minutes.
Here’s the full version of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida from you tube:
Here is the final performance of the song live 2012: